Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Too Early?

Should I be thinking about New Year's Resolutions already?

Maybe it is too early, but I already have one in mind. This year I'm going to give up something I don't like. Actually, now that I think of it, two things. So there! 

I have always had trouble putting down a book that was awful. I spend quite a bit of tine on the front end, making sure I really want to read a book -- because I know that once that cover opens, I'm committed.

This year, I'm not going to do it. A hundred pages or so and I'd better be finding some merit in there -- or I'm reading no further.

I'm also going to step back from some of the reading lists I've set my sights on. The Radcliffe's Top 100 Novels list includes some titles I'd never read on my own, so that's probably a good place to begin. I may still try to read a lot of the books on the list, but I grant myself permission to say "nope" to some of them. 

Life's too short to spend it reading bad books! Or in this case, books I don't enjoy reading.

In case you're wondering what prompted this resolution, it was Henderson the Rain King. The review I plan to write in a few days will explain all.

Meanwhile, feel free to tell me why it's your favorite book of all time. I can take it.


  1. Those are good resolutions. I am tempted to do more of this myself. Are you familiar with the Readers' Bill of Rights?

    Readers' Bill of Rights (Daniel Pennac)
    1. The Right to Not Read
    2. The Right to Skip Pages
    3. The Right to Not Finish
    4. The Right to Reread
    5. The Right To Read Anything
    6. The Right to Escapism
    7. The Right to Read Anywhere
    8. The Right to Browse
    9. The Right to Read Out Loud
    10. The Right to Not Defend Your Tastes

    1. So far the resolutions feel very freeing. Maybe you'll try it, too? Thanks for sharing the Readers' Bill of Rights. I hadn't seen it before, and it's very useful as a reminder who's in charge of our reading: we are!

  2. I took the plunge this year, and it is great. I even have a list on my blog of books I've ditched this year, with a mini statement about why. Welcome to the team!!!!

    1. As usual, you're way ahead of me! Your ditched list is a nice record, too. I see on it two books I wish I'd ditched and one I really loved . . . but mostly it's a record of self-determination! :-)

  3. Go for it, Jane! I adopted the "it's okay to not finish" rule about 5 years - and is is liberating.

    As you said, life is too short to be reading anything but what we are enjoying or learning from.

    As for the lists - that's a good one too. There are always lists coming out. Kate at Books are My Favourite and Best compiles a list each year of all the books on all the annual lists (!) and tells us which ones appear the most often. I sometimes look at those lists when deciding what to read because I figure that a book that makes 15 or more lists might be worth reading. But - beware - don't feel obligated to read all of those that achieved that status - because that's another list ;-)


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